Update on Fatal crash near Underwood – Neola man injured


December 20th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office has identified one of the victims of Monday evenings rollover accident near Underwood. Authorities still have not identified the man who died in the crash, but the other occupant of the car was identified as 33-year old Kirk Ring, of Neola.

Sheriff Jeff Danker says both men were ejected from the 2005 Mazda as it rolled into a ditch near the intersection of Railroad Highway and 240th Street, just before 5-p.m., Monday. When deputies arrived, Ring was found conscious and breathing, but suffering from serious injuries. The other man was dead at the scene. Ring was flown by helicopter to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha, for treatment of his injuries. The body of the man who died in the crash was transported to the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autposy will be performed.

Witnesses told authorities the vehicle had been traveling south on Railroad Highway at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. Danker says alcohol is believed to have played a role in the accident, which remains under investigation.